DA investigator escaped blast in Iraq

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By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Keith Bessette was checking e-mails in the early morning hours of March 9 in his fourth-floor room at the Al-Sadir Hotel in downtown Baghdad, a short distance from the square where a statue of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was famously toppled in 2003. He started hearing volleys of […]

Local youth fast-pitch league in works

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Developing a youth fast-pitch softball organization in a slow-pitch softball town is no easy task. Just ask Yolanda Aguilar. But Aguilar, and other like-minded proponents of fast-pitch softball, may be on the verge of turning the corner. An informational meeting for parents interest in organizing an area fast-pitch league is […]

Portales man dies in vehicle mishap

Freedom Newspapers A vehicle mishap late Monday night caused the death of a Portales man. Police believe Roy Parker, 51, was killed when his 1993 Dodge truck pinned him to a building. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said sometime before 11 p.m., Parker attempted to start his truck outside of Goober McCool’s. Parker started his […]

Matthews cooked up book in spite of stroke

By Don McAlavy John Matthews’ life suddenly changed in 1984 when suffered his first serious stroke. Then 55, Matthews had been a full-time youth and music minister. Bu the major impact of his stroke was visual impairment. “After that stroke I couldn’t lead music, couldn’t drive; so I started looking around for what I could […]

Controlled burn gets out of hand

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A resident intended to burn some wheat stubble on his land, when the fire got out of control and threatened area homes. (staff photo: John Eisel) CNJ staff A controlled burn got out of hand Friday evening, sending towers of gray smoke into the Clovis sky. The Clovis Fire Department responded to a call by […]

BRAC news has had minimal economic impact — so far

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Michael Encinias of Plains Masonry cuts bricks to put the finishing touches on the facade of a new home Monday in the Raintree subdivision just off of Norris Street. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Yes, Applebee’s is still coming to town and, yes, Fairfield Marriott will soon be opening its […]

amos: one hectic day

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. one hectic day boss i may have mentioned this before but life ain t easy under a […]

What a time we had in 1949

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Clovis and Curry County had a great year in 1949. Here are some of the things that happened: • On April 25, 1949, a groundbreaking took place at 12th and Main for the new St. James Episcopal Church, built in the Spanish adobe style. It’s still the most attractive church […]

If it looks like a pig, it might be a pig

By Grant McGee I hit the road last weekend. I left Clovis, passed through Portales and headed five hours south to southwest Texas. The Lady of the House and I were road trippin’. Our destination was Balmorhea State Park so she could swim on her birthday. It’s an annual rite of passage. Going over the […]

Flames in Clovis fire of 1909 were well-fed

Tom Pendergrass moved with his family from Texico to Clovis in 1907 when he was 7. He remembered all the excitement of those early days, especially the fires. This is his story about what he called the “big fire” in 1909: “Clovis’ first major fire occurred on April 29, 1909. That’s what my dad said. […]

Lady Cats cruise at Cibola

CNJ Staff ALBUQUERQUE — Brittany Blackmon and Aimee Hilburn took turns dominating the game and Tori Quintana continued her torrid 3-point shooting as unbeaten Clovis rolled to a 70-45 win over Cibola on Tuesday in a District 4-5A girls basketball game. After squandering a double-digit lead in the second quarter, the Lady Wildcats (23-0, 5-0 […]

When the winter chill comes, area farmers leave the fields to play dominoes

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(CNJ staff photo: Tova Fruchtman) Charlie Fields, left, Paul D. Barnes, center, and Jay Boone get ready to start a new round at the Curry County 42 League Monday night meet between the Pleasant Hill and Center-Aucutt teams. Tova Fruchtman The clanking of the dominoes hitting one another overshadows the 20 men’s voices. Their table […]

Clovis funeral home full of life

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(CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) Kevin Ducan, left, and Russell Muffley talk as another round of coffee is poured last week at Muffley’s back door during morning coffee. Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer The front door to Muffley Funeral Home brings people face to face with death. Just a few feet away, through the rear […]

Sizemore, Glen Jackson

Glen Jackson Sizemore Services:Have been held. Glen Jackson Sizemore, 89, of Clovis, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005, at his home. He was born on Sept. 7, 1916, in Dallas, to Oscar and Ollie Jackson Sizemore. He moved to Roswell in 1926. While in Roswell he attended school and at the age of 12 began painting […]

I wanted to boomerang; Dad said no

Grant McGee: CNJ columnist A couple of weeks ago I ran across an article about “Boomerang Kids.” These are young adults who leave the family nest — they’ve gone to college or trade school, they’ve probably had their first job — then something drives them home. The forces that drive them back can include being […]

Man began 15 papers in New Mexico towns

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Most old-timers and historians know about Arthur Curren being the father of Clovis newspapers in 1907. Not many know that Arthur’s father, James Edward Curren, established 15 newspapers in the territory of New Mexico, as well as others in Colorado and Texas. Jim Curren was a man of quick wit, […]

At what age is it good to have children?

by Helena Rodriguez The miniature rubber duckie on the soap dish in my shower always reminds me of Amanda. Dear, sweet Amanda. But here lately, I see the rubber duckie and all I can think is, “Amanda is pregnant! Amanda is pregnant!” Amanda was my daughter Laura’s best friend when we lived in Abilene, Texas. […]

Single military parents find help in group

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent Being a military parent can be challenging. But life can be especially tough if you’re a single military parent. Because of the many challenges that come along with raising a child alone and serving in the military at the same time, a Clovis woman has started a group to help […]

A.L. Gurley: Pioneer entrepreneur

One of the busier pioneers who helped in the making of Clovis was A. L. Gurley. He made his fortune in broomcorn and oil. Success in oil was the tricky part! This is how it came about: First he married his childhood sweetheart, Myrtle Poor, in Purdy, Mo. That was in 1903. They headed west […]

Clovis sunsets are smokin’

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A haze of smoke purportedly from a fire in the Capitan Mountains hovered over Clovis on Monday afternoon. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer People looking to the southwest on Monday afternoon may have noticed a dark sky and smelled smoke. The smoke wasn’t coming from anywhere nearby, however […]